Now that Schools have been given no option to reopen. the districts can choose to reopen using an alternative schedule. The 2020-2021 school year is quickly approaching, and many decisions are being made. Many express their concern and have been pondering the question, how will School Leaders ensure the safety of school personnel and students? With the new school year upon us after being closed due to the Coronavirus, policymakers, school leaders, and community leaders have just added another title to administrators, that of COVID-19 Monitor. Administrators now have to keep individuals safe from contracting the Coronavirus. This week’s blog will discuss preventative measures that schools can take and provide some tips for being proactive with your school’s plan.
What are the preventative measures?
As part of an effort to contain the spread of the Coronavirus, which was closed down so that people could stay at home and assist with preventing further spread of the virus is slowly beginning to reopen. City and State leaders are asking the public to continue to wear their masks in public. Countries around the world adopted temporary measures such as antibody testing, rapid testing, and quarantine measures to help flatten the curve. Other steps implemented to slow the rate of infection included social distancing, limits on event sizes, and two-week in-home quarantines when necessary. The United States decided as a preventative measure to close public schools aimed at slowing the spread of the virus and to limit the interactions people had with one another. Now that Federal Officials have deemed it safe to reopen public schools all State School officials must take preventative measures so that their schools do not have an outbreak of cases.
Let’s not forget how vital schools are for our youth. It is important for children’s development for them to connect with their peers and mentors. Young children need social interaction, continuous learning free of knowledge gaps, and need to be productive by being mobile. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a guidance document called, the “Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs to Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)”. Within the document, the CDC has tried it's best to clarify appropriate updated strategies for schools to take if they are presented with an outbreak of COVID-19. The CDC has recommended that all Schools work closely with their local health departments to help prevent the spread of the disease and to protect vulnerable students and staff. The CDC believes that if
school districts work alongside the Health Departments, the Districts will stand a better chance of keeping their school communities safe and will help create healthier learning environments. Within the Guidance document created, the CDC has three categories based on the level of community transmission. These categories are (1) the preparedness phase where there is no transmission of COVID-19, (2) when there is a light transmission, and then (3) where there might be an abundance of community transmission. For more information visit the CDC website and inform yourselves of all things COVID-19 for the safety of your family and students.
Why Does it Matter?
Why does it Matter? To date, there is no vaccine for the virus, and American Schools that are getting ready to reopen for the new school year need to consider the increasing cases across the nation while the healthcare system copes with the pandemic and is rushing to find a viable vaccine. The CDC has issued the following statements and recommends all Schools to post:
“Health officials are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 into US communities. Schools play an essential role in this effort. Through collaboration and coordination with local health departments, schools should take steps to disseminate information about the disease and its potential transmission within their school community. Schools should prepare to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among their students, and staff should local health officials identify such a need.
Schools should continue to collaborate, share information, and review plans with local health officials to help protect the whole school community, including those with special health needs. School plans should be designed to complement other community mitigation strategies to protect high-risk populations and the healthcare system, and minimize disruption to teaching and learning and protect students and staff from social stigma and discrimination. Plans should build on everyday practices (e.g., encouraging hand hygiene, monitoring absenteeism, communicating routinely) that include strategies for before, during, and after a possible outbreak.”
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